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ohio state university took a surprising detour to the nation's capital just days before he ran over and stabbed his victims. stand by for new details on his visit to d.c. and his terror connections. "the art of the deal." donald trump and mitt romney mend fences with romney publicly praising the man he once called a fraud. once it enough to earn romney a job as the top diplomat the and new evidence that north korea may be preparing for another nuclear test. kim jong-un thumbing his nose at new punishment by the u.n. and threatening america's security. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room." ♪ right now, we're following tensions in the city of charlotte, north carolina, in connection with a police shooting of a man whose wife recorded their fatal confrontation. the district attorney announcing
just hours ago that the officer who killed keith lamont scott won't face charges the d.a. says the use of deadly force was justified after scott repeatedly ignored orders to drop his gun. tonight, businesses in downtown charlotte are being urged to take precaution. also this hour, a law enforcement official tells cnn that the ohio state university attacker traveled to washington, d.c. during the week before the attack. we're told he used his credit card to buy a knife at a home depot in the area. investigators are trying to determine exactly why he was in the nation's capital. in the trump transition, a new promise from the president-elect, as he faces mounting questions about possible conflicts of interest. trump now says he'll leave his businesses in total to focus on running the country. he says he'll hold a news
conference on december 15th to share details. and new information about a deal struck by the president-elect. the air conditioning company carrier says the agreement will keep more than 1,000 jobs in the united states. trump apparently making good on his campaign promise to take on carrier and its plans to outsource to mexico. i'll talk about the transition with congressman darrell issa. he's standing by live, with our correspondents and other guests as we bring you coverage of the day's top stories. first, let's go to jim acosta. as trump promises to leave his businesses, he's moving ahead with efforts to fill his cabinet. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. donald trump is assembling a cabinet of the wealthy and well connected and he's not finished yet, eyeing mitt romney as secretary of state. i'm told their dinner was a net positive, but the president-elect is making other moves that could counter some of
these optics with an announcement he plans to make the presidency his full-time job. under growing pressure to sever his ties with his real estate empire, donald trump took to twitter, not to start a new controversy but to end one, announcing i will be holding a news conference to discuss the fact that i will be leaving my great business to focus on running the country. that comes just one week after he pointed out presidents are technically exempt from government of conflict laws. >> in theory, i don't have to do anything. but i would like to do something. i would like to formalize something, because i don't care about my businesses. >> reporter: still, after pledging to defend the working class as a candidate, he's assembling a team that's a lot like himself. rich. tapping financier steve nmuchin, and the co-owner of the chicago
cubs todd ricketts and betsy devos at education. >> it's a global power structure responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class. >> reporter: the same wall street power house whose ceo was featured in trump's closing campaign ad on the special interests harming american workers. >> let me first say, what i've been focused on is being a regional banker for the last eight years. i know what it takes to make sure we can make loans to companies. >> reporter: elizabeth warren slammed him as the forest gump of the financial crisis. he spent two decades at goldman sachs peddling the mortgage products that blew up the economy. trump is considering another well-known millionaire, mitt romney, for secretary of state. cnn observed the two men as they
appeared to put their bitter pasts behind them. >> mr. president-elect, is that the next secretary of state? >> we'll see what happens. >> reporter: after once calling trump a fraud, he was singing the president-elect's praises. >> it's not easy to win, i know that myself. he did something i tried to do and was unsuccessful. he won the general election. >> reporter: trump is toasting one other victory, his deal to keep hundreds of jobs at a carrier air conditioner factory from fleeing to mexico. >> here we have a trade victory before we even come into office. >> reporter: it was a promise delivered for trump, who threatened to punish the manufacturer as a candidate. >> carrier, congratulations. every unit you make, 35% tax. have a good time. >> reporter: so far the trump transition team isn't sharing the details of the deal with carrier, but the president-elect will get a look at the indiana factory he worked to save tomorrow. then off to ohio for a fund-raiser and rally where he
will thank americans once again for making him the next president. we haven't seen donald trump at one of those venues since november 8. a venue he certainly likes a lot. >> part of what his transition is calling a thank you tour, to thank the american people for electing him president of the united states. jim acosta, thanks to you, as well. let's talk about all of this. donald trump and his transition with the republican congressman darrell issa of california, who himself was just re-elected, very, very narrowly. it took about 20 days to get the final results, but congratulations, congressman, on being reelected. >> well, it feels good and it feels good to be re-elected in a trumpb administration and a trump driven house and senate. but it also feels good to hear you leading up to this interview talking about these very unusual but wise choices for various positions, and obviously the great care that's being taken to consider who should be the next secretary of state.
>> let me ask you first about the ohio state university attack. the president-elect tweeted in response to that attack, he said isis is taking credit for the terrible stabbing attack at ohio state university by a somali refugee, who should not have been in our country. do you agree that this was a vetting problem? >> well, i think after the fact we can be pretty accurate that this is something who had past activity that should be called into question, and current activity that obviously looks like a terrorist attack, sponsored or at least in some way connected to isis. so i think at the current time we can say this was a mistake. but what president-elect said throughout the campaign is true, and that is we have not been able to accurately screen people, particularly from some of these countries of extreme interests, and we need to find a way to do it better. so for congress and for the president-elect, we're going to have to find ways to have
tourists, temporary immigrants, and permanent immigrants screened much better but reasonably quickly to figure out who should be able to come here and who clearly should be on a no-fly and no come by list. >> he came here with his mother as a 15 or 16-year-old. the family was originally from somali, spent years in pakistan, but then two or three years ago, they came to the united states. it looks like he was self-radicalized online, fairly recently. how do you catch that? >> that's a great question, and in a democracy, in a free country like ours, the right to privacy often clouds until after the fact the kinds of lead-ups to this. but this is an area that homeland security, under a trump administration, is going to have to find better ways to monitor those organizations in and outside of the usa that are part of radicalizing people. they're known, they're findable. certainly findable by young
mostly men. why is it we're not able to figure out who is being victimized by them before this kind of tragedy happens? as you know, during the campaign, earlier in the campaign, he called for a temporary ban on all muslim immigrants to the united states. but that policy evolved into a ban on people coming to the united states from countries where there's a history of terrorism. is that really the best solution to prevent this kind of an attack? >> i think the evolving into proper screening is something that president-elect trump is doing and doing it very quickly. one of the few heads of state he met with before being the president-elect was president assisi of egypt, and they had a long and candid converation on egypt's fight against terrorism. one could say egypt is a country with a history of terrorism. but it's a country in the war on terror with us. so i think you're seeing president trump, in a very full-time way get up to speed.
and wolf, i can't resist. the lead-in about his leaving his professional life behind and concentrating full-time on being the president of the united states, i think you're seeing him doing that very quickly. he's carrying out a huge schedule on the transition side. so much so that he's actually ahead of where president obama was eight years ago. >> he's moving very quickly filling his cabinet and senior staff positions. i must agree with you on that. as far as the trump transition is concerned, we're told there's a final four candidate for secretary of state. probably retired general david petraeus among the final four. considering his handling of classified information, that he pled guilty to lying to the fbi, would you feel comfortable with general david petraeus as secretary of state? >> you know, during my trips to theater, i met with david petraeus and general mcchrystal. these are unique and amazing
officers. did general petraeus make a mistake that was certainly significant? yes. but the specifics of his mistake i think have to be looked at if you're going to consider. his sharing of classified information was with somebody who was a cleared personnel sh not cleared for that information, but certainly not a risk. did he say something that was up true to cover that up? yes. but i think, wolf, we have to consider that around here, those of us who saw him in theater and on trips to the combat zone have never been more impressed with any officer and so the idea that he's being considered is one that i think republicans and democrats, if they're honest, are going to tell you he certainly should be considered. he is a uniquely qualified former military officer. >> you know your critics, congressman, will say you're being hypocritical, given what you said about hillary clinton's dealing with classified information, and you heard the
fbi director, james comey among others, saying what he did, general petraeus, was worse than what she did. >> well, you've got to remember, you know, we've had others lie to congress, certainly i believe hillary clinton died to congress. i certainly believe that clapper lied to congress. but having said that, what we have is an officer who lied to cover up an affair. it was wrong. certainly shouldn't have done it. he's been punished considerably. i'm not saying he's the best choice or the first choice. what i'm saying is, his military career, his ability to see through the battlefield and to make a real difference in a war that was going badly before he came on the scene, certainly causes him to be considered at a very high level, and he's a trusted confidant of many people in his post military career. so i'm not making that decision. that is uniquely president-elect trump's. but he's considering four candidates.
each of them has what some would say some flaws. but all of them have traveled, met with foreign leaders, have a great deal of experience, and i applaud the president-elect for doing the right thing, which is not closing any doors until after he's considered all the candidates. >> mitt romney had some very kind words for donald trump after their dinner in new york last night. would you support mitt romney as secretary of state? >> it must have been a really good dinner. the reality is, it's hard to look past what mitt romney did post donald trump being the elect of our party. but if president-elect trump can do it, the rest of us have to look at that and say that's his decision. the american people elected him to make these tough decisions. i would hope that i could be as forgiving. but i would hope that i could be as forgiving as ronald reagan was of h.w. bush who called his economic plan, a great one that
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information about the student behind the attack at ohio state university. sources are now telling cnn that he bought a knife in washington, d.c. the week before his rampage. our justice correspondent pamela brown is working the story for us. what are you hearing from your sources? >> reporter: sources tell us that the attacker traveled to washington, d.c. on thanksgiving day and left the following day on november 25th. so after the attack, investigators pulled his credit card records and discovered that he bought a knife at a home depot here in washington, d.c. on the 25th. and then went back to ohio after that, as we know, launched this attack at the ohio state university on monday. what is puzzling to investigators is what he was doing in washington, d.c., who he might have been interacting with, and why he went on to buy more knives at a walmart in columbus, ohio. we learned from officials that it appears he may have been radicalized very quickly.
he was taking in al qaeda and isis propaganda online and launched this attack. so officials believe that this was a flash-to-bang scenario where it all happened very quickly, with very little warning. wolf? >> pamela, thank you very much. we're joined now by the top democrat of the house intelligence committee, congressman adam schiff of california. thank you very much for joining us. >> good to be with you. >> i know you've been briefed on this individual, abdul razak ali artan. but do you know why he actually came to washington, d.c. where his credit card records show he went to a home depot and bought this big knife? >> i don't. and i think law enforcement is still trying to find out what took place in the days and indeed the hours leading up to this attack. it does appear that the period of radicalization may have been fairly quick in the sense that he was a consumer of this online propaganda of anwr al awlaki and perhaps others. but there wasn't much indication
he was going to act out in this violent way that would have tipped off law enforcement or even his own family. this may be one of those attacks that just wasn't capable of being prevented, because there don't seem to be outward signs of radicalization that we have seen as of yet. >> it looks like the attacker at ohio state university was, as you say, self-radicalized, online social media. but back in ohio at ohio state university, he said he was fearful to pray in public and was worried about being stereotyped as a muslim. do you believe that may have played a role in his radicalization. >> i do think there's a risk that when people feel alienated they're more susceptible to this kind of propaganda, which is why it's so counterproductive for people to, for example, make promises about banning all muslims or creating a muslim registry. this is the kind of thing that
would alienate a community, break down the bonds of interaction between law enforcement and the muslim community. we want people to come forward to law enforcement if they're worried about someone being radicalized. we don't want anyone to feel isolated. a lot of the problems in europe are because of the balkanization and alienation of the muslim community there. so this is a concern and we have to make sure our reaction to it doesn't aggravate the problem. >> as you know, isis promotes this idea of a clash of civilizations, arguing that muslims aren't accepted in western countries, as you point ut. did the president-elect play into that by pushing that temporary ban on muslims coming into the united states, the anti-refugee stance being advocated on the campaign trail? >> absolutely. i think those kind of statements that don't discriminate between
practitioners of one of the great faiths and people who would pervert that faith like al qaeda and isis, are really contributing to the problem. so yes, those kind of statements made by the president-elect i think were deeply damaging. you know, the statements general flynn made about fear of all muslims being rational, those things are deeply destructive and play into the al qaeda and isis narrative of a clash of civilizations and we need to be careful to avoid making the idealogical problem bigger by playing into that kind of a narrative. >> i just want to button this up, this individual abdul razak ali artan. you believe this was definitely a terror attack, that he was at a minimum inspired by terror organizations overseas, whether al qaeda, isis, al shabab or some other terror group, but is there any evidence you've seen it was more than that, that he was actually directed to do this? >> we haven't seen any evidence
that he was directed or in contact with a foreign terrorist organization. so yes, i think this is absolutely a terrorist attack. i think it was the product of online radicalization. it's still obviously very early in the investigation and we are now exploiting his electronics. we may learn a lot more. it's always possible we'll find something to alter that conclusion. we may learn more about his motivations in the days and weeks to come. >> let's talk about the president-elect's transition. he's already appointed one general, lieutenant general mike flynn, retired. he's considering at least three more generals for his cabinet, retired general david petraeus, james mattis, john kelly. if the president-elect goes ahead and names these people to senior cabinet positions, are you at all concerned this could compromise potentially what some critics are calling civilian control of the government? >> well, i could be concerned
that he could potentially create an echo chamber with a very military and defense oriented point of view surrounding him. that could lead him to certain foreign policy conclusions that the use of military force is one of the only or the preferred tool in dealing with any kind of a crisis. so yes, it would concern me if he populates his entire cabinet or so many important people around him, all with people recently out of uniform. that being said, some of the people that he's been considering are very talented people, and they by all means shouldn't be excluded because of their military service. it's a tremendous asset. but we do need to keep in mind this bedrock principle of civilian control of the military and the president would benefit by having multiple points of view, and not just those predominantly military in nature
>> would you be okay with general david petraeus being secretary of state? >> i think he's enormously capable and one of the most brilliant military minds the country has produced. it was a terrible loss to the country when we lost his service. i don't know how the president-elect grapples with on secretary clinton vis-a-vie e the handling of classified information. i'm not sure how he can square that with the selection of general petraeus, but that's for him to figure out. >> congressman, thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. just ahead, more on donald trump's turn around conflicts of interests, why he decided to move completely away from his family business. plus, charlotte, north carolina is bracing for protests after prosecutors decide against charges in a deadly police shooting. we have details of the warnings going out to businesses tonight.
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separate him completely from his business empire. do you think this will be enough to put that entire controversy to rest? >> we'll have to see what it is, wolf. we can't prejudge it. but what we do know is that it's very difficult for donald trump to say, i'm going to put my business in a blind trust, or i'm going to give it all to my children, because how do you separate the children's business from their father, particularly when it's real estate and his name is emblazened across every building. how do you make sure that foreign leaders aren't doing things for the trump organization and the children, because they want to curry favor with the president of the united states? questions will be asked about substantive issues like reforming the tax code and how does that effect the real estate industry, or economic legislation that affects interest rates that affect the real estate industry. so the question is, how can he separate himself, "the wall
street journal" says you just have to sell off. you have to just leave. you have to divest yourself. other people are suggesting that perhaps he needs to hire kind of a mediator that makes sure that no ethical lines are breached between the family and the president. >> it's a shift, jackie kucinich, because last week he seemed to be brushing off concerns about possible concerns of interest. why do you think he changed his mind? >> it seems that his lawyers probably told him to do this. you heard michael cohen said earlier this month this is something he might do. so at this point, he knows that the time is coming very close where he's going to become president, and these things are going to explode. even the appearance of impropriety will be -- will hamper donald trump in his first days in office. so they want to get this off the table. but to gloria's point, this is a really tough thing that we're
looking at. something like the gsa, which is leasing the post office to donald trump, who is then going to be the head of the federal government, this is an unprecedented situation. so i think that we're going to see a lot of these agencies find their footing as this goes on. >> michael cohen being his counsel for the trump organization over the past ten years or so. david axelrod, how difficult will it be for donald trump to unwind his business relationships? you served in the white house. you had a business going into the white house. you notice the potential conflicts of interest can be rather extensive. >> in fairness, my business was like a tricycle compared to his 747. but i had two businesses, i had to sell them before i entered the white house, because i was advised that it would be too difficult given the things that i would be involved in to guard against conflicts of interest.
so that gives you a sense. if my businesses present that problem, his present conflicts of interest everywhere jackie just referred to some of them. but deutsche bank, for example, the german bank, a major funder of the trump organization and its projects, has litigation going, has a case before the justice department over its misbehavior or alleged misbehavior during the financial crisis, reportedly as much as a $14 billion fine coming their way. is that going to be enforced by the next attorney general? if not, what questions will that raise? the government of bahrain has scheduled a resenception at the trump hotel in washington, coincidence? maybe? all of these things present conflicts.
the only way you can be sure of not having a conflict is to liquidate your holdings, put them in a real blind trust, and let someone manage that without your knowledge about what they are investing in. >> rebecca, as you know, the president-elect previously promised to leave his adult children in charge of that business empire. it looks like that option, though, depending on how he defines it, is still very much on the table. will he still face questions over conflicts of interest if his family is still running the trump organization? >> well, we'll have to see the details of whatever arrangement they're working out here. but certainly if the children are involved in running this company, even if trump completely removes himself, not only puts this in what he calls a behind trust, but liquidates his share of the company, obviously it's his family. you're still going to have questions about whether he's working to try to enrich them. obviously, they've been close
advisers, not only during the transition but the campaign before that. and jared kushner, his son-in-law, also has his own real estate business that we would be talking about and thinking about. that's not even being discussed as part of this arrangement with the trump organization. so i'm sure those questions and concerns that people have will remain, and it's funny, because this is something that donald trump and republicans during the campaign raised as a problem with the clinton foundation. hillary clinton was working at the state department. she completely removed herself from the clinton foundation and its operations. but bill clinton was still involved, so was chelsea. that raises a potential problem by republicans and by donald trump as well. but the difference here, that was not a profit making enterprise. that was a non-profit organization. donald trump's company and jared kushner's company as well, those are profit making organizations. and so his children would still
be turning a profit there. >> gloria, let's talk about donald trump. he had dinner last night in new york with mitt romney. many of trump's top aides have been calling on romney to issue an apology to trump, if you will, if he wants to be seriously considered to become the secretary of state. romney didn't apologize last night, but he was effusive in his praise of donald trump after the meeting. do you think that's enough to satisfy his critics? >> i don't know. i think romney ate a little crow last night at that dinner. after the dinner, we saw what romney was trying to do was play it forward and not look back, smartly, on what he said during the campaign. and i don't know it will be enough. i was told today by a member of the transition that donald trump thought it went very well, was very pleased with the dinner. then they went out and said look, we still have four finalists here. so the question is, whether that
will be enough for donald trump and for some people in the campaign like kellyanne conway, or whether it won't. you know, the question is, of course, that romney would be more easily confirmable, for example, than perhaps general petraeus, and i think we have to wait it out. my romney sources are going totally dark, i will tell you that. some of them are mad romney has taken it this far. others want him to get this job and believe that he's doing it for the right reasons. but nobody really knows at this point what donald trump is going to decide. >> yeah, i'm sure we'll find out sooner rather than later. stick around, we're getting reaction to the news out of north carolina that a police officer involved in a controversial shooting death won't be charged. and we're getting new evidence right now that north korea's kim jong-un may be gearing up for another brazen and dangerous nuclear test. i should take a closer look at geico...
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right now, we want to get an update on the situation in charlotte, north carolina, the city bracing for possible protests now that a police officer involved in a controversial shooting death won't be charged. brian todd is in charlotte for us tonight. what's the latest? >> reporter: a protest was scheduled to start here in front of the police station right about now, but there's been a driving rainstorm and we've even
had a tornado warning until about 7:00 p.m. eastern. so we'll see what if any protests materialize here in front of the police station. it was a very dramatic day with the district attorney here, andrew murray, as he announced the shooting of keith lamont scott in september was a lawful shooting by the officer. here's what the d.a. had to say earlier today. >> our determination is that at that time, his belief was reasonable that he was an imminent threat of death or the death of his fellow officers, and he was justified in shooting. >> reporter: i asked the d.a. if at any point keith lamont scott raised his gun and pointed it at the officers. he said as far as the evidence he's seen, he did not do that. but the d.a. repeatedly said that the officers felt they were under immediate threat and that he did have a gun on him. today, an attorney for the scott
family, justin bamberg, did admit that scott had a weapon on him, but he said the killing was not justified. here's what mr. bamberg had to say. >> it was safe to say that yes, he did have a gun on his person during the course of this. it's a matter of where that firearm was. at the end of the day, whether he had a firearm in his hand or not, that's not the key question in terms of determining whether or not this guy should have lost his life. it's whether or not that officer should have pulled the trigger, and extinguished his life based on everything that occurred. >> reporter: the scott family says they are still going to pursue justice for keith lamont scott. it's unclear whether they're going to file a civil lawsuit tonight. i was told by a police official here that officer vincent is
under administrative duty. his conduct tonight, wolf, is still being investigated. >> brian, thank you very much. brian todd in charlotte, north carolina. let's talk a little more about this. jeffrey toobin is with us, and our senior law enforcement analyst tom fuentes, as well. jeffrey, based on the description of events, do you agree with the decision to not bring charges against this police officer? >> certainly the d.a. made a convincing case, but i am not in the position that the authorities are down there. one thing i think the authorities did do well here is that they were open about the process. they disclosed a lot of evidence. they let the public see all the evidence or just about all the evidence that was available to them, and that sort of transparency i think leads to more credibility when the government makes a decision. and here, when mr. scott had a gun, it unfortunately is really
something that is pretty conclusive, even though in much of the country, including north carolina, a lot of people carry a lot of guns a lot of the time. >> tom, the district attorney admitted that there was no evidence that mr. scott ever raised his gun or pointed the gun at a police officer. is it still appropriate for an officer to use deadly force in that type of situation? >> i think in this case, wolf, it was absolutely appropriate. now, when he exits the vehicle with the gun in his hand and it's an open carry state, at that moment you can argue that it was not appropriate at that time to shoot him and use deadly force. however, once he gets out of the vehicle, keeps the gun in his hand, and yells at him ten times, the officers shouting "drop the gun" and he fails to comply, he is posing an imminent threat. i've heard the arguments about whether the gun was pointed down, not at the officer.
i can tell you as a police firearm instructor, as an fbi firearm instructor, as a s.w.a.t. member and commander, we teach in that situation, you are in imminent danger because the individual can raise that weapon and fire it in a fraction of a second before you can even react, even if you're pointing your weapon at him already. pointing your a very very dangerous situation and the fact that this man does not comply with ten shouted orders to drop the gun indicates to those officers he is not intending to imply and he's continuing to pose a threat to those officers. and in fact with each additional command to drop the gun, the threat level rises against those officers. >> and the district attorney in deciding whether to file formal charges, they have to make a decision whether or not they can get a conviction before a jury. for example, that a jury would decide, yes, that police officer
is guilty. in this particular case, i assume they concluded there is no way that a jury would have convicted. >> i think that is right and i think tom did a good job of outlining the evidence that led to the absence of filing charges. you know, there were ten commands to drop the gun. we heard them when we heard that video over and over again. you know we can certainly all agree it was a tragedy. but i can certainly understand the da's conclusion that it wasn't also a crime. >> we keep seeing over and over witnesses on the street lying to the police, which is bad enough. and then lying to the media who arrive to cover the scene. and those lies lead to increased tension in the community. eventually possibly leading to the violence where the protest turned violent later on. and i think that in these situations the district attorney should consider prosecution of the individuals that lie during
the official investigation and basical basically foment additional distrust of the police by doing that. >> lying to the police is never acceptable. but it is also worth mentioning we almost never had any prosecutions of police officers until these cell phone videos started to surface. so i think, you know, lying is bad. but it is not that there weren't bad shootings before these videos exists. it is that the cops got a way with a lot of them. >> all right. we're going to continue our analysis down the road. thanks to both of you. just ahead a powerful new warning about the grave threat from north korea amid new evidence that kim jeunghun may be ready for a new show of nuclear defines
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tonight new signs that north korea may be on the brink of another nuclear test, ignoring stern warnings from the west and tougher u.n. sanctions. our chief national security correspondent jim sciutto is joining us. >> evidence of possibly showing north korea preparing for another nuclear test. activity that could be preparation farce test perhaps to welcome the incoming u.s. president. tonight the u.s. military finding new evidence north korea could be preparing for another nuclear test. u.s. surveillance satellites capturing digging at a part of
pyongyang's underground nuclear test tight. a u.s. defense official tells cnn they may use it again. the news as the u.n. security council votes unanimously to tighten sanctions against north korea. >> slashing per year the hard currency they have to fund its prohibitive weapons programs. >> the measures imposed five months after the regime carried out its fifth nuclear test. this despite already crippling sanctions. north korea experts are skeptical the new measures will have significant effect. >> it will make it harder to develop their programs. but a little less cash in their pocket is not going change their objective which is to be a if nuclear weapon state. >> president obama has now advised president elect trump on the grave threat to u.s. national security presented by a nuclear north korea.
mr. obama's predecessor issued a similar warning yet. >> it shows tow proliferation of the deadly technology can allow small leaders, failed, cruel and criminal leaders to threaten and disrupt the world on a grand scale. >> reporter: and now new evidence of a grewing crisis inside north korea. a human rights advocation group released these photos, which is thought to confine up to 120,000 men, women and children. this image detailing one of the camps perimeters and numerous guard checks. >> north korea also presents the greatest sustained humanitarian challenge of our time. the whole country is a prison, run by a sadistic warden. >> a nuclear north korea has been a nightmare scenario for
multiple administrations of both parties and now it is an effective reality. what mr. trump has not lady out is how he plans to deal with north korea differently if at all in mr. obama. china has the most influence on north korea but donald trump at least during the campaign has talked about a much more aggressive stance towards china as well. >> jim sciutto reporting for us. that's it for me. thanks for watching. erin burnett "outfront" start right now. "outfront" next. trump says he's quitting his business. this as he picks more billionaires to join his cab. his pick for commerce secretary "outfront" tonight. and president elect trump speaks with the leader of a country where osama bin laden hid in plain sight. why did he reportedly call the country and it's people fantastic. let's go